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Jess Stratton
 
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So You Want to Autocross?
Fri, May 23rd 2014 7:05a   Jess Stratton
I’ve been asked by a few people how one can start autocrossing, and I’ve posted quite a few times on Reddit, so I thought I’d just do a write up in one place and link to it. This is a simple, getting-started guide for anyone who wants to get started autocross racing but doesn’t quite […] [read] Keywords:
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If anyone is wondering about My Social Book
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 12:02p   Jess Stratton
I kept seeing the ads for it on Facebook, so finally I thought, “what the hell, let’s see what this is all about.” Surprise – it’s actually pretty cool. My Social Book takes a date range that you specify, and turns your Facebook wall into a beautiful hard bound book.  The price ranges depending on [...] [read] Keywords: facebook
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How to be Amazing at Karaoke! (Hint: it has nothing to do with your singing ability)
Thu, Jan 23rd 2014 11:02a   Jess Stratton
Karaoke is an amazingly fun and empowering thing to do, yet it’s also one of the most terrifying things to actually get yourself to do. It should actually be called “Scareyoke”. You’re up there, completely vulnerable, exposing yourself to be judged by all your friends. And strangers. And lots and lots of drunk people. When I ask why people don’t want to do it, the answer is always the same. It surprised me. It’s never “I get stage fright”, it’s always, “I have a terrible sin [read] Keywords:
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My lynda.com free video playlist!
Wed, May 8th 2013 10:03a   Jess Stratton
lynda.com gives away about 10% of every course for free. While looking at the table of contents, check for a blue link on the video. If the link is blue, the video is watchable by non-members also. The videos are also added to lynda.com’s YouTube channel. Here’s a playlist of the free videos of all [...] [read] Keywords:
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Come see me at IAmLug and learn How to Be a Productive Remote Worker!
Fri, May 3rd 2013 6:42a   Jess Stratton
I am very excited! In just a few days, I’ll be seeing all my friends that I love so dear and speaking at IAmLug. How To Be a Productive Remote Worker Have you been given the ability to work from home or a mobile environment? This session will give you tried and true strategies for [...] [read] Keywords: mobile
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I am now a full-time Staff Author for Business at lynda.com!
Fri, Nov 16th 2012 7:02a   Jess Stratton
As many of you know, last June I released my first training video for lynda.com, a learning site which contains a massive online video training library. The course is Up and Running with Lotus Notes, and is a start-to-finish guide for a new user to learn how to use the 8.5.3 Notes client. There are multiple chapters, [...] [read] Keywords: lotus notes notes client




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You’ve been BOO’ed – Now Comes The Retaliation!
Wed, Nov 14th 2012 1:42p   Jess Stratton
If you live in the suburbs, you may be well aware of a particular Halloween tradition that was clearly started by someone with either way too much time on their hands, or a blatant death wish. I’m talking about the famous suburbian “You’ve Been BOO’ed” sign on your door. For those that aren’t familiar with [...] [read] Keywords:
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I am now a full-time Staff Author for Business at lynda.com!
Fri, Nov 2nd 2012 10:50a   Jess Stratton
As many of you know, last June I released my first training video for lynda.com, a learning site which contains a massive online video training library. The course is Up and Running with Lotus Notes, and is a start-to-finish guide for a new user to learn how to use the 8.5.3 Notes client. There are [...] [read] Keywords: lotus notes notes client
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Lynda.com + Jess = New Lotus Notes client training videos!
Mon, Jun 4th 2012 9:01a   Jess Stratton
Back in October, I was given the opportunity to create a training course for new users of the 8.5.3 Lotus Notes client for Lynda.com, the premiere software training and tutorials website. Together with the producers, we came out with a solid outline that every Notes user needs to know. The course is designed so that a user can sit down, and in 2.5 hours, know everything they need to know about the client to get started and be productive. This training course is also great news for our Lotus comm [read] Keywords: ibm lotus lotusphere notes notes client sametime applications community email google interface office twitter widget
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A Call for Action – Please Help Me Achieve my Fund Raising Goal!
Fri, Mar 16th 2012 5:23p   Jess Stratton
Dear friends, I need your help! As many of you know, I volunteer many, many hours to a local non-profit in my community, Southern Rhode Island Volunteers (www.southernrivol.org). SRIV acts as an agency for volunteer placements for places such as museums, shelters, disaster preparedness, etc. They also host all local elderly services such as Meals on Wheels, elder visits, medical transports, etc. As well as supporting their internal desktop computers and technology, I am also on the committee [read] Keywords: lotus community desktop office twitter
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Use Ninite to install all your essential PC apps at once
Tue, Jul 26th 2011 12:21p   Jess Stratton
The excitement of getting a new computer can almost be buzzkilled by the thought of having to painstakingly reinstall the existing apps from your old PC to your new one. Go to each site, download, install, restart the PC when prompted, Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Enter Ninite.com, a website that will allow you to place checkboxes beside each app you need to install on your PC, and Ninite will create a special Windows installer just for you, with all those apps bundled in. No more clicking “Next, [read] Keywords: firefox skype twitter
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Lotusphere 2011 - I got social, I did business.
Mon, Feb 14th 2011 12:42p   Jess Stratton
This year’s theme at Lotusphere 2011 was “Get social, do business”. As most others have said, there was no big announcements, no major life-altering experiences at the OGS, yet somehow this was one of the most immersive Lotuspheres I’ve ever had. First of all, I presented for the first time with the amazing NotesGoddess herself, Susan Bulloch in JMP105 “How Stuff Works” - Domino Style!”. We fried our brains speaking for two hours on how each major system [read] Keywords: admin domino ibm lotus lotusphere lotusphere2011 server smtp twitter
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Give something away a day, every day
Fri, Aug 13th 2010 8:33p   Jess Stratton
Getting into ruts seems to be relatively easy, it’s getting out of them that seems to take longer and longer. The worrysome thing for me is watching my internal organs systematically destroy themselves from chronic stress. Over the past 2-3 years, I’ve developed ulcers to the point where I can’t eat anything, eczema, arthritis, anxiety, depression, coeliac disease, reflux, and a muscle-memory of stomach clenching that sometimes makes it almost impossible to take a deep breath unless I lea [read] Keywords: notes development email google twitter
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Nerd girls, start your engines early.
Mon, Aug 9th 2010 1:24p   Jess Stratton
As most people know, the Lotus community has a growing number of self-proclaimed “Nerd Girls”; we have had sessions at a number of tech conferences including Lotusphere, The View’s Admin, and most recently, IamLUG. Coming back home, a number of us have given out buttons, with various slogans such as “My daughter is a Nerd Girl”, etc. In fact, I recently changed my Twitter name from @Mattandjess to the more appropriate (and singular) @NerdGirlJess. From various peopl [read] Keywords: admin foundations lotus lotusphere community gadget network profile python twitter
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A Busy Persons Guide to Blu-ray
Wed, Jul 14th 2010 1:08p   jess
Busy Person’s Guides: A quick read to get to speed! What is blu-ray, and how is it different from DVD? When DVD came out as a new technology, it originally stood for Digital Video Disc, as the movies that were stored on it were all digital versus the analog capabilities of a VHS tape. In layman’s terms, this was when we put a DVD in for the first time and all collectively gasped as the FBI warning appeared on the screen with no, I said NO little white fuzzy dots running along the bo [read] Keywords: network twitter
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Goodbye, my old friend Eloise
Mon, Dec 28th 2009 6:43a   Jess Stratton
I got in an accident a few weeks ago with Eloise, my beloved 2002 MINI Cooper. Thankfully, no one was in the car but me, and no one was injured. In fact, I barely felt it, and until I saw the car when it came home, I was totally convinced it was just a minor fender bender. I was driving in the middle lane of a three-lane highway, going through a green-lighted intersection. The left lane was slowly creeping along, so the car in the left lane must have decided to stop and let someone try to cut a [read] Keywords: xml
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GTD by using Lotus Notes and eProductivity to manage my personal and professional life – from the same inbox!
Mon, Aug 17th 2009 6:08a   Jess Stratton
I used to have reoccurring nightmares about attics. They were always different attics, and there was always stairs leading up to them, but they were always scary, scary places. Dark, full of cobwebs and junk, and in my dream, I was always going to live up there and was terrified about it. I did some research, and apparently there is no argument over the fact that dreams of architectural buildings represent the physical body. Attics, and the staircases leading up to them represent the mind. [read] Keywords: lotus lotusphere2009 notes application development email facebook office server twitter xml
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Tame your grocery list with the Smart Shopper
Mon, Mar 16th 2009 11:12a   Jess Stratton
I”m at the point in my life where I”m pretty much willing to spend anything if it will solve a major problem for me that affects the quality of my life. One area that needed vast improvement was always seeing a shopping list on an ugly scrap of paper on the right side of my kitchen counter near the phone. That paper was ALWAYS there – cluttering up the view, reminding me of things I that needed to be done, things I needed to get, and a constant reminder on my counter that there [read] Keywords: mac office twitter
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Overwhelmed by your new gadget? Start here.
Fri, Jan 2nd 2009 10:04a   Jess Stratton
I firmly believe that all gadgets should be created like the Hitchhiker”s Guide To the Galaxy; that is to say their boxes and manuals should have the words “DON’T PANIC” inscribed on large, friendly letters on the cover (We miss you, Mr. Adams). I consider myself a pretty technical person. I built my own computer, and have knowledge of hardware and software interactions through drivers right down to their basic binary operations. Yet, once I got my first handheld computer, it [read] Keywords: community email gadget google mobile network system i twitter wifi wireless
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If these walls could talk… Now they can with decals!
Fri, Dec 19th 2008 2:38p   Jess Stratton
When I was starting my own brick-and-mortar training center, I wanted to find an inexpensive way to display my logo as a large sticker. The problem was, buying stickers to put together was time consuming, and the fonts were as trendy as I needed. Ordering them from a local printer’s shop was not entirely out of the question either, but I still hunted online. And then I found out about WiseDecor.com, a website that lets you print out entire paragraphs of text as a decal. You can choose the [read] Keywords: twitter
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Speed Up Your Windows XP Computer in 30 Seconds!
Mon, Dec 8th 2008 11:11a   Jess Stratton
While going to client’s offices to get them up to speed on the latest computer techniques, many of them would often ask me to see if there was anything I could do to get the PC to go just even a little bit faster. “Please”, they’d beg. “From the time it takes to click “Start” until the time it takes to get to my programs, I could have written one by now.” After cleaning out their computer, I’d always end by asking if they minded if the comput [read] Keywords: desktop properties twitter
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Use PrintFree.com to create portable printable calendars
Thu, Nov 20th 2008 9:38a   Jess Stratton
On the third Thursday night of every month, the twelve-or-so of us women on my quiet little street gather at one of our houses for a night of gabbing, appetizers, and drinks. It’s especially great during the winter season, when no one is out on the street playing and we all go into hibernation mode. Each month we meet at a different house (the street is about a 1/2 mile long with matching cul-de-sacs on each end, which makes walking home after each night of debauchery that much easier) and [read] Keywords: twitter
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Zoë - A ferocious, drooling Halloween Unicorn
Fri, Nov 14th 2008 1:20p   Jess Stratton
Well, not so much ferocious, I guess. But definitely drooling. Zoë is just about 15 months old now. She’s walking and playing hard, and seems to have a vivacious personality. It’s just a shame she inherited her parent’s shyness. Though she seems to understand almost everything we tell her, her vocabulary at the moment is consistent with most 15-month olds (lots of grunting and finger pointing!). Let’s see, there’s ‘mama, dada, ball, book, hi, hello, bye-bye, [read] Keywords:
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Did you know your car tells you which side the gas tank is on?
Fri, Oct 31st 2008 8:31a   Jess Stratton
So here we were, my husband and I, driving somewhere when he turns to me and says, “Oh, by the way, I heard somewhere that the gas gauge has an arrow on it telling you which side the tank is on.” I looked. There it was. The WHOLE TIME I’ve owned the car, and that’s been there! “STOP THE CAR!”, I practically shouted. “This has GOT to be the scoop of the century!” (OK, so I didn’t make him stop the car. But I really do believe it IS the scoop o [read] Keywords: twitter
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CT/MA/RI readers, download a Road Rally Fund Raiser flyer to hang in your office!
Tue, Sep 9th 2008 5:46a   Jess
If you live in Connecticut, southern Massachusetts or Rhode Island, we could sure use your help in distributing flyers for our SHO Road Rally fund raiser. In case you missed the first post, join us on a one-hour scenic fall foliage tour through the windy, ocean-lined streets of Wakefield and Matunuck, RI. Along the way you’ll make five stops at local tourist attractions, and get a raffle ticket at each stop. At the last stop, The Farmer’s Daughter garden shop in Kingston, RI, weR [read] Keywords: network office
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SHO’s Autumn Fun Road Rally Fund Raiser
Tue, Sep 2nd 2008 10:44a   Jess
In the first episode of the 1352 Report podcast (a fun commentary/discussion about various Lotus issues with Bruce, Sean, Carl and myself), I introduced myself and explained how I volunteer about 20 hours a month for a local community non-profit called SHO. This used to stand for Seniors Helping Others, as the organization runs the local meals on wheels and elderly visit services. The name was recently changed to stand for Serving Communities, Helping Others, and Opportunities for All as we are [read] Keywords: lotus community network podcast server
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Happy First Birthday Zo
Sun, Aug 24th 2008 1:07p   Jess
Today was Zo?’s first birthday. I can’t believe my little girl has turned one! The day couldn’t have been more magical. The weather was fantastic, the food was great, the company was excellent, and the birthday girl was a trooper all day long (even we were surprised at that!) Matt’s father was smart enough to set up the back yard for us, and it turned out great. I never would have thought to put the backyard furniture where he put it, and it ended up being a great flow to [read] Keywords:
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Introducing Momelettes.com - Tech Tips for Moms!
Tue, Jul 22nd 2008 11:07a   Jess
This past year has been very interesting for me, to say the least. Lots of change, both good and bad. The quick and dirty is that Solace is closing. Life is certainly different with an infant, and while I hope to open it again someday, right now being there for Zo? is my first priority. But I’m sure I’ll be telling you more on that later. I’ve always found a way to have my cake and eat it, too. It may take some incovenience on my part, but if it’s what I truly want, the [read] Keywords: domino notes notes client blogging development gadget google lotususergroup.org twitter
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Zo? 6-9 months (photo intensive)
Sun, Jun 8th 2008 3:54a   Jess
(from 9 months down to 6 months…) View the entire 6-9 month Flickr album…. [read] Keywords:




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